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Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell

Why is Duncan so warm in his flat during the coldest of winters in London? An efficient heating system and good insulation, he tells his neighbors.  But why is Duncan so warm in April with the heating system turned off … Continue reading

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Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw

In one of my usual somewhat harebrained moments I adopted Newman, a beautiful mini Australian Shepherd, from a dog rescue group in Stanley, KS.  Within 24 hours, I realized that I had a severely neurotic dog on my hands.  Although … Continue reading

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Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, by John Bradshaw.

In one of my somewhat harebrained moments I adopted a beautiful mini Australian Shepherd from a dog rescue group in Stanley, KS. Within 24 hours, I realized that I had a severely neurotic dog on my hands. Although my mother-in-law … Continue reading

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Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriđason

A baby chewing on a human rib bone leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a housing construction site. Which leads Erlendur Sveinsson, Detective Inspector with the Reyjavik Iceland Police to wonder why there are red currant bushes planted … Continue reading

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An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd

In early summer, 1917, Bess Crawford returns from the trenches in France with badly wounded patients, among them a severe burn victim who has a picture of his wife pinned to his tunic.  Bess turns her patients over to a … Continue reading

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Rescue by Anita Shreve

  I love reading Anita Shreve—she can tell a story with grace, intelligence, and a mastery of the language, with intricate but clear plotlines, without resorting to hyperbole or far-fetched situations.  Shreve  is a delight to read and provides absorbing … Continue reading

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Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill

And yet another undiscovered author!!  Who would have thought that a Laotian coroner trying to unravel mysteries set in Laos in the 1970s would be at all gripping or absorbing? Colin Cotterill recreates  the environment and atmosphere of the struggling … Continue reading

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Jar City and Hypothermia, by Arnaldur Indridason

I love discovering new authors, well, at least new to me.  Indridason is an Icelandic writer who has won numerous crime novel awards in the Scandinavian countries, but is not yet too well known here, since JAR CITY is the … Continue reading

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The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes-A Mario Balzic Detective Novel-K.C. Constantine

This is an older mystery, one I read shortly after it was first published in 1983, but it has stuck with me for many years, so when I recently found the library had a newly published edition, I reread it.  … Continue reading

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The Blue Tattoo: the Life of Olive Oatman, by Margot Mifflin

What was life like for the woman in the old photographs with the elaborate tattoo on her chin? Who was she?  How did she get it?  Ms Mifflin answers these questions and sheds some light on the culture of the … Continue reading

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